Technical Papers: Submission Info

The Technical Papers submission deadline was 20 January 2009.

We are looking for high-quality research papers that introduce new ideas to the field and stimulate future trends. The SIGGRAPH Technical Papers program is a premier international forum for disseminating new scholarly work in computer graphics and interactive techniques. So, submitted papers must be novel (they cannot overlap substantially with any paper previously accepted for publication or under review by any conference or journal during the SIGGRAPH review process), and they must adhere to the highest scientific standards.

In addition to the core topics of modeling, animation, rendering, imaging, and human-computer interaction, we encourage submissions from areas related to computer graphics: scientific visualization, information visualization, computer-aided design, computer vision, audio, robotics, and applications such as film special effects and computer games. This list is not exhaustive. As always, excellence of the ideas is the predominant acceptance criterion.

For more information about what topics are encouraged for submission and what changes have been made to the submission process, please refer to the list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find an answer to your question there, feel free to contact the Technical Papers Chair.

Use the Technical Papers submission form. Submissions are due by 22:00 UTC/GMT, 20 January 2009.

Log in to the SIGGRAPH Information System, select "Begin a New Submission," and then select "create" for the Technical Papers submission form. You will be asked for:

  • Basic submission information, including author names, affiliation, and contact information, as well as title of the work, a single-sentence summary that introduces the achievements of your work (50 words or fewer), and a one-paragarph overview that highlights the innovations and significant accomplishments, commentary, or contributions to the SIGGRAPH community (300 words or fewer).
  • One PDF file with the paper prepared according to the SIGGRAPH Technical Papers formatting guidelines.
  • One "representative image" suitable for use in the conference web site and promotional materials.
  • Statement/release of permissions to use the submitted materials.

You may also optionally provide the following materials and information:

  • An anonymous five minute video
  • Anonymous supplemental materials (extra images, extra movies, interactive viewers, executables/data for validation of results, etc.).
  • Non-anonymous supplemental materials (related papers by the authors that are under review at another conference, letter to the primary reviewer explaining unusual circumstances, paper and review materials from related previous SIGGRAPH submission, etc.).

If you find that uploading your paper, video, and/or supplemental materials is slow and you are concerned about meeting the deadline, you may first upload MD5 checksums for your files by 20 January 2009, 22:00 UTC/GMT and then upload the files that match these checksums by 21 January 2009, 22:00 UTC/GMT. This will help you avoid server congestion in the last two hours before the submission deadline. Uploads of all files will be disabled from 20:00 until 22:00 UTC/GMT on 20 January 2009 (during the two hours before the deadline), during which time it will only be possible to upload MD5 checksums. The supplemental files with matching MD5 checksums must then be uploaded by 21 January 2009, 22:00 UTC/GMT.

In rare cases, when evaluation of the submitted materials is not possible electronically, you may send physical media with six copies of your paper, video, and/or supplemental materials by mail to the address below. The package must ARRIVE by (not be postmarked or sent by) 20 January 2009, 22:00 UTC/GMT. Faxed submission materials will not be accepted, and late submission materials will be returned unopened to the sender. Even if you send physical media, you must still complete the submission form and upload a PDF file.

      Thomas Funkhouser
      SIGGRAPH 2009 Technical Papers Chair
      c/o Talley Management Group, Inc.
      19 Mantua Road
      Mt. Royal, New Jersey 08061 USA

There will be an opportunity to upload a rebuttal to address factual errors and specific questions in the reviews via the public BBS from 09:00, 16 March 2009 through 09:00, 20 March 2009. Reviews will be available via the online submission system at 09:00, 16 March 2009. Then authors may upload up to 2,000 words of text (no images or video) on the public BBS before 09:00, 20 March 2009. The rebuttals will be read by the referees and factored into the discussion leading up to the decisions made at the papers commmittee meeting.

Non-native English speakers may optionally use the English Review Service to help improve the text of submissions. Please note that this process takes time, so plan far ahead.

For more information about the papers submission and rebuttal process, please refer the list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Technical papers will be evaluated by members of the Technical Papers Committee and external reviewers according to the following process:

1. The weekend following the submission deadline, the Papers Chair, the Advisory Board, and possibly a few experienced reviewers convene to sort the papers. During this meeting, they assign papers to two senior reviewers, who are members of the Technical Papers Committee. In addition to helping with the sort, members of the Advisory Board may themselves serve as senior reviewers for a few papers. The Papers Chair does not review papers. Papers that are inappropriate may be rejected during this assignment process, without being sent to any senior reviewers. Papers will normally be rejected at this stage only if they are clearly off-topic for SIGGRAPH, if they are discovered to have been published previously or to have been submitted simultaneously to another conference or journal, if they focus mainly on advertisement for a commercial product, or if they are so incomplete or poorly written that review is impractical. For more details, see the appropriate sections of the Frequently Asked Questions.

2. The two assigned senior reviewers may, upon conferring with each other and the Technical Papers Chair, recommend a paper to be rejected without additional review. A paper will normally be rejected at this stage only if it falls into one of the categories listed in phase one, but this fact was not detected during the papers sort.

3. Each paper is distributed to three or more additional experts. Two of them are selected by the primary senior reviewer of that paper, and the third is selected by the secondary senior reviewer. The primary, secondary, and tertiary reviewers all write full reviews. (A copy of the review form can be found here and reviewer instructions here.) Thus, at least five reviews are written for each paper that has not been rejected during phases one and two. The senior reviewers know the identities of the authors of the paper, but the tertiary reviewers do not. In unusual cases, such as when a tertiary reviewer fails to deliver a review on time, papers may receive only four reviews. However, if it receives fewer than this, additional reviewers will be found, possibly from the committee.

4. After all reviews are complete, the review system allows the authors access to the reviews and scores for their papers. The authors have four days, from 16 March 2009 through 20 March 2009, to enter rebuttals if they feel that the reviewers have made substantive errors, or to answer specific questions posed by the reviewers. The rebuttal is confined to 2,000 words in length. Note: The rebuttal period is for addressing factual errors in the reviews, not for getting revised text or new results into the review process. For more details see the Rebuttal Process section of Frequently Asked Questions.

5. Between the end of the rebuttal submission on 20 March 2009 and the committee meeting, 3-5 April 2009, the senior reviewers will read the author rebuttals, confer intensively about the paper, and prepare a recommendation for the committee meeting. If a consensus cannot be reached by the original reviewers, then extra committee members will be asked to submit reviews for the paper, which will be returned to the authors following the committee meeting.

6. The full Technical Papers Committee meets 3-5 April, 2009 to determine the outcome of every paper. In cases where a consensus on a paper was still not reached during the pre-meeting discussion phase, additional committee members may read the paper, and their evaluations will be taken into account in the decision. In instances where the reviews vary widely, the committee's deliberations may be summarized by a senior reviewer in one or two paragraphs, which will be returned to authors following the meeting.

7. Authors will receive email notifications of decisions not later than 11:59 pm Pacific time on Monday, 6 April 2009. Every submission will be placed in one of three categories:

A. Rejected

B. Conditionally accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2009, possibly pending minor revisions. For these papers, the summary provided by the Papers Committee may contain a list of changes required for publication. The author will have until 6 May 2009 to make those changes and get them approved by a second reviewing process, in which a referee (a member of the Papers Committee) verifies that the final version of the paper is acceptable (that any minor required changes have been made, and that other changes made by the authors, perhaps in response to reviewer comments, have not compromised the paper in any way). This second and final stage determines the final acceptance status of all papers. The referees' decisions are final. Papers that do not satisfy the referees in the second stage of reviewing and that are not provided in camera-ready form by the final deadline will be rejected. Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings, which will continue to be published as a special issue of ACM Transactions on Graphics.

C. Conditionally accepted for publication in ACM Transactions on Graphics, pending major revisions. At the authors' discretion, these papers undergo a second reviewing process, in which an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Graphics works with the authors to produce an acceptable final version of their papers. These papers will be published in regular issues of ACM Transactions on Graphics.

If your paper is conditionally accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2009, you must:

Sign and return the Acceptance Agreement.

Update your paper to satisfy the required changes listed in the review summary and upload a revised version of the paper by 29 April 2009

After the Technical Papers Committee has approved your revisions, upload a final version of the paper by 6 May 2009. You may also upload a final version of your companion video.

You will be able to update your basic submission information so that this information can be included in the conference program and web site.

You will be informed as to the scheduled time(s) of your presentation session. You will be given instructions on how to participate in the Technical Papers Fast Forward session.

You will need to attend SIGGRAPH 2009 at your own expense. You will receive contributor recognition as detailed here.